Your Questions Answered Part III

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Welcome back!

*Other than Mrs. Ingalls, what did you want to be when you grew up?

I am STILL dreaming of being Mrs. Ingalls

Growing up I really wanted to be a singer, actress, artist or writer.

*If you could rid the world of your greatest pet peeve what would it be?

I had to ask my husband if he notices what bothers me because I couldn't really think of anything. 

He said I wasn't bothered by anything with the world…just the little things he does.

Seriously.  The man doesn't know where the hamper is! 

I guess I would love it if "what you see is what you get" with people, politics, etc.  Can you imagine how wonderful this world would be if people were actually what they said they are:-)

*What is your favorite character name from a movie, book or play? 

I would have to say Atticus Finch from To Kill A Mockingbird.  I also love Scarlet O'Hare from Gone With The Wind.

* Can you remind me who it was that took your recent family photographs?

Weren't they amazing???!!! 

Cathy Walters from Colorado Springs took our photos (she is in the Springs and I like her!).

She is amazingly talented and a pure joy to work with.

*Who is your favorite vintage Hollywood actress?

It is really hard to narrow that down.

I grew up watching old movies and was really inspired my their look and style.

I like to think that is why I still love vintage items and I think nothing is more gorgeous than vintage dresses.

I wish I had the extra money to invest in some of these incredible pieces.

Some of my favorite gals would have to be Grace Kelley, Vivian Lee, Ingrid Bergman, Donna Reed and Audrey Hepburn.  I am sure I will think of more later.

*What's your favorite line in "It's a Wonderful Life"?

"What is it you want Mary? You want the
moon? Just say the word and I'll throw a lasso around it and pull it
down. Hey, that's a good idea. I'll give you the moon."

"Strange, isn't it? Each man's life touches so many other lives. When he isn't around he leaves an awful hole, doesn't he? "

"A toast to my big brother George: The richest man in town".

"I been savin' this money for a divorce, if ever I got a husband".

I could go on but I have more questions to answer:-)

*Would you be interested in helping me put together a local crafting group?

YES! 

I have been thinking about doing something like this too.

My friend Courtney recently started something in her area and I was so jealous…I would love to get together regularly with creative women!! Lets talk.

*What advice would you have for someone who would like to start a blog?

I think the first thing is to think about what you want it to look like. 

What feel you want your blog to have. 

If you are not able to create it yourself….spend the extra money to have it created.  It really does make a huge difference. 

People decide within a few seconds if they are going to stay at your blog or not…make a good first impression.  You want people to actually stay and hear what you have to say.

I worked with my friend Sara Duckett to create mine. She is so talented and she can do all the computer stuff that I have NO IDEA about.

I would also like to add that Typepad is a little hard if you are not computer minded.  I don't know if anyone else would agree with me.  When I started my photography blog I decided to use Blogger instead and I am amazed at how easy it is.

*Following in suite with the last question-what advice would you give to someone who has a blog but would like to gain followers or attract more people?

I would recommend posting at least three times a week.

Give people a chance to read each post.

If you wait too long people might forget to come back. 

Change the things you talk about.  Talk about all facets of your life. 

Do you create, design, decorate, teach, sew, ski….whatever things you love…someone else out there loves them too.

Be true to who you are.

Do not compare or try  to be like another blog.

  You are unique….your blog should be a true reflection of who you are.

  Don't try to be who you think people want you to be.

Don't try to create an image of yourself that isn't real. 

When people meet you in person they will figure it out. 

Be real.  Be unique.  Be true.  Be honest.

One of the best parts of blogging is meeting other bloggers and reading what they have to say.

A great way for people to find your blog is to leave comments on their blog.

Be careful though that you aren't spending so many hours on the computer trying to get followers that you forget about the people in your own home:-) 

You still want to actually live life and share those experiences.

The only other thing that I live by is that I would never talk about something that would upset my family or embarrass my husband…I mean I embarrass him…but that is not what I am talking about:-)    He reads my blog and I respect that some things are private.  I am a very open book but there are certain things I wouldn't write about...without his ok.  Just know that anyone you know may read your blog.

I hope you have a wonderful day!

I have an eye appointment and then my sister and her three children are coming to play.

Benjamin is very excited because there will be someone younger than him.

For the record…I would like you all to know that Benjamin talks a lot about taking Darlene (36 years old), our neighbor, out for a date.  I don't know how he is getting her there…but he thinks she will like Alvin and the Chipmunks.  Should I be worried?

More answers to follow tomorrow. 

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  1. mkg

    Can’t Ben borrow his brother’s scooter? I’ll bet Darlene would be up for that, just to spend some special time with sweet Ben:) She might pass on Alvin and the Chipmunks, though! Loved your post again today!

  2. Leah C

    So many great answers to so many great questions! Love your response to- What’s your favorite line in It’s A Wonderful Life?- I would’ve answered the same way…how can you pick just one?:)
    Benjamin sounds like such a sweetie! Perhaps Darlene could provide the transportation;) Fun, fun post!

  3. Molly @ Star Cottage

    Great questions.
    I would love to start a craft/sewing group. It’s so tough to get all my girlfriends together since we all have such small children.
    I am so inspired by your creations and your dedication as a mom. You seem to be able to balance it all with grace and sophistication 😉
    Blessings,
    Molly

  4. Tracy

    oh wow, too cute. I love all your answers…not too surprised, you’re a pretty wonderful woman! I’m always blessed by reading your blog.
    ~hugs~

  5. Destiny (The Ruffled Nest)

    Thanks for answering my questions : ) I LOVE Vivien Leigh – she was amazing! Did you ever see Waterloo Bridge? So sad…anyway, I’ll get in touch with you about a craft night – we can use the back table at the Barn : )It’ll be fun!!

  6. the wild raspberry

    i forget that more people look at my blog than those who leave comments.
    then someone mentions something i’ve wriiten and it totally surprises me.
    does this happen to you too?
    *****
    the chipmunks sqeekquel would be an excellent date movie 🙂
    hugs~
    chasity

  7. Holly

    All your answers have been wonderful! I, personally, didn’t ask any, but many of the ones I was thinking about were asked by others. It is great getting to know you better, and to hear your advice for those of us that are working on our dreams! Thank you!

  8. The Flying Bee

    Thanks for answering all these questions Jeanne! I have loved learning all these great things about you and hearing all your advice on homeschooling and blogging. Have a great time with your family today!

  9. Annette Q

    Hi Jeanne!,
    I’m really enjoying reading all these little bits about you. Thanks for all the blogging advice, I’m always thankful for any tips to get my blog going :-))

  10. Becky @ Farmgirl Paints

    Great advice…too cute about Benjamin. They start young don’t they?
    My Big Chick just shared her crush with me tonight…YIKES. She told me not to tell dad:) In her words she said, “He gets all dramatic and says, MY BABY…in that voice mom!”

  11. Lori

    Jeanne, you and i have a lot of the same favorite movies and actresses…except for Audry Hepburn…i think she is just stunning…but movies of hers that i have tried to watch…no…she just didn’t do anything for me…too cute about you son…i love it!!!

  12. tracey

    This post was so fun Jeanne! Lots of great advice 🙂 I’m impressed you knew so many quotes from It’s a Wonderful Life!
    Hope you’re having a good week!!!
    🙂 T

  13. Lemonade Makin' Mama

    I LOVE what you said about starting up a blog and keeping it you, not comparing it to someone else’s or who you think people want you to be! Also, I love that you reminded “us” to remember our family and not spend so much time on it that you forget about them… something that is very easy to do!
    I adore It’s a Wonderful Life and have nearly all of that movie committed to memory, so that just made me like you even more.
    And lastly, I keep meaning to ask you about the name, because I love the Doris Day song, “I love you, A Bushel and a Peck” and every time I come to your blog, I think of that song!
    LMM out.

  14. The Little Red Shop

    Thank you for answering my questions, Jeanne. You are an artist and a writer…so, do you act and sing? Do you know that I have neither read, nor seen “To Kill A Mocking Bird?” Shameful, I know…but it is definitely on my “to do” list.
    God bless you!
    : )
    Julie M.

  15. Traci

    first of all, i can never remember lines from movies. you are good. great advice on the blogging. oh benjamin, he has a big crush huh? adorable.

  16. I am loving reading your answers to all these questions Jeanne from parts 1, 2 & 3! I like learning more about the people I admire from afar ~ and no…don’t worry….I am not a stalker….really!

  17. Kimberly

    To Kill A Mockingbird is my ALL TIME FAVORITE!!! Just last night my daughter pulled it out of her school bag and said her English teacher just assigned it to them. This was the last book I read aloud to my older kids when they were in middle school..yes it does happen…you stop reading aloud at some point. They were riveted and loved it so Heidi was excited to read it herself now. She read this line out loud to me last night and now I know I have to get out my copy and read it again…”He said it began the summer Dill came to us, when Dill first gave us the idea to make Boo Radley come out.” Instantly hoooked, as if I had never read it before!!! This will be at least the 5th time!!!

  18. Courtney Walsh

    I wish you lived closer and could join our art group. I did discover though I do much better with canvas if I have a plan. I have to have at least a sketch with me otherwise, I spend too much time deciding what to do instead of doing!!
    I think you should host art nights there too! 🙂 It was so fun. And I have a feeling I’m going to learn to crochet and some cool new painting techniques and maybe even some pottery!! We have so much to teach one another, don’t we?? 🙂

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